5 February 2018
Our current research on the housing land supply position within Yorkshire and Humber provides the position at 31st December 2017 as measured against a development plan that is compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Whilst all Councils are aiming to achieve a five-year supply of deliverable housing land our analysis suggests that less than a fifth of authorities across the region can have any confidence in their housing land supply. Within Yorkshire and Humber 9 out of the 21 authorities acknowledge that they cannot currently demonstrate a five-year supply of housing.
We consider that a further eight areas remain vulnerable to challenge despite the local authority suggesting they do have an adequate supply. The main reason for this vulnerability is due to the lack of an up to date development plan against which to assess their housing land supply. This leaves these authorities open to speculative planning applications, particularly where alternative evidence on housing need is submitted.
Several Local Plans are currently progressing through examination. It is unlikely that any of these will receive a favourable Inspector’s report without being able to adequately demonstrate a deliverable five-year housing land supply upon adoption. It is, however, notable that of these local authorities only North East Lincolnshire claim to have a five-year housing land supply at present.
It should be recognised that our assessment of housing land supply has not included a detailed examination of the Council’s claimed supply. A thorough examination of the housing land supply will often identify frailties within the Council’s supply evidence which will erode their claimed supply.
For detailed analysis of housing land supply or objectively assessed housing needs, contact Matthew Good 0113 219 7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.